In our age of abundant visuals, it is easy to look at 18th-century Romantic poet William Blake’s illuminated books without realizing just how revolutionary and ingenious they were.
History of Printing
We are pleased to draw your attention to an exciting fellowship programme that will provide grants for two eligible applicants to travel to Antwerp and conduct research there on the history of the early printed book (15th-18th century).
I've been browsing through a collection of more than a century old Russian magazines Printing Art. I found some interesting statistics concerning the book industry of the early 20th century in Russia. And this curiosity as well.
I planned to upload some English-language book this time. However, I stumbled upon an article about bookplates in the April'1902 issue of the Russian magazine "Искусство печати" (Printing Art,) and decided I have to share it.
From time to time, iBookBinding shares links or posts things that are written not in English but some other languages. Sometimes we advise using an automatic translation. In other cases, the visual component is interesting enough.
This is the third annual yearbook printed in Amsterdam. As with the previous ones, it is written in Dutch. However, as it offers many samples of contemporary printing, it may be interesting even if you don't know the language.
Last week an exhibition of incunables opened at the Russian State Library in Moscow. There are many notable objects shown there, but arguably the jewel of the show is one of the few remaining Gutenberg Bibles printed on vellum.
We just digitized the second volume of Het drukkers jaarboek (The Printer's Yearbook). This series was published in Amsterdam in the early 20th century. Between 1906 and 1911 four yearbooks about were made.
The Invention of Printing – Die Erfindung der Buchdruckerkunst (Heinrich Meisner; Johannes Luther, 1900)
This work explores the first decades of printing in the 15th century and is dedicated to the 500th birthday of Johannes Gutenberg. While the book is in German language, on 116 pages you will find 115 illustrations, including two spreads.
Most of you probably used Excel or a similar spreadsheet software. If columns are set to be labeled by letters after Z goes AA. And then AB,... AZ, BA,... etc. But when it comes to old books, there were other ways to use letters for sorting.